Through these summer months, there is not a lot of hunting but there is always some national upland bird news to report on. Here are the latest topics in the news this week:
Charter school engages students in grouse habitat improvement
Still, a group of high school students in Price County believed they could make a difference and could find out what the optimal habitat is and how they could help to transform their school forest into that ideal ecosystem. At least they were willing to try.
Sage grouse season proposed for first time since 2012
The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission is considering re-opening the sage grouse hunting season.
The season has been closed since 2012 due to a decreasing population. GFP’s sage grouse management plan says that the season could open again if the spring lek survey count is over 250 male sage grouse on all leks. This spring revealed a count of 278 male grouse on all leks.
In 2015, more than 56,000 hunters harvested nearly 270,000 rooster pheasants in Iowa, which is an increased harvest of 24 percent over 2014 and the highest pheasant harvest since 2009. Pheasant hunters were not the only ones who had better hunting, quail hunters enjoyed their best hunting since 2007. Hunters harvested an estimated 28,400 quail in 2015, which was a 165 percent increase over 2014.
Governor Dennis Daugaard is reminding East River landowners to wait to mow ditches along the state highway system until July 10th. He says holding off on mowing is helpful for the pheasant population.